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A New OSU Foundation
During the past two years, Oregon State University has undergone an ambitious, yet well-planned reorganization of its philanthropic "infrastructure" to better align the university's resources to support private fund-raising. Now all of those resources are under the leadership of the OSU Foundation and its new president and CEO, Rebecca Cole.
The move is particularly timely because the role of private giving is becoming increasingly important to Oregon State.
While the university did receive about $11 million if new public monies in 1999, a significant portion of this will be used to maintain current programs and services, and provide additional classes to accommodate OSU's increased enrollment.
In the new millennium, the role of private giving will be critical in helping the university build on its current strengths and provide a compelling educational experience for its students. Already, gifts to the university from individuals, corporations and foundations have helped OSU increase student scholarships, endow faculty chairs, and support academic programs and other university initiatives, from educational services in central Oregon to investments in athletics.
The newly aligned and restructured OSU Foundation is now poised to lead that effort into the 21st century, identifying new sources of support for the university.
Momentum into the 21st century
Paul G. Risser
While momentum is a term most frequently applied to sporting events, it is less commonly applied to organizations. And yet, momentum is now the most common word used to describe Oregon State University. Momentum captures the University's progress -- or forward motion -- in many of our most important endeavors: rapidly increasing student enrollment; increasing quality of students and significant growth of the Honors College; increased faculty success in capturing competitive grants and contracts; and the significant growth in OSU Statewide, offering education and lifelong-learning opportunities to an ever expanding market.
In a world operating on "Internet time," truly effective organizations are characterized by the individual and collective energy that creates organizational momentum. Because of the superb quality of our faculty, staff and students, Oregon State now is on this path. We will sustain this momentum because the university is aligning its attention and resources on specific goals that lead us to our view of the university in the future.
As we understand the future, we believe that the university will benefit from quality partnerships and collaborations. Teaching and learning both will be enriched with appropriate and perhaps not-yet-known application of new technologies. The student learning environment will be more stimulating with increasingly diverse participants. The university will contribute to the world around us by continuing to research and study the most significant issues of society, and by providing the public with balanced analyses of them. In all of our endeavors -- in learning, discovery and outreach -- Oregon State will benefit from the integral involvement and advice of practitioners, and our students will grow through the opportunity to learn while doing.
As Oregon State University enters this future, we are energized by our essential role in the success of individuals and our society. And, I believe, the momentum we have achieved -- and will sustain -- ensures that Oregon State University will be an exciting place to learn, explore and serve.
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